Love Sign

I also made a fun LOVE sign from a canvas that I had stashed in my craft room closet.  I am SOOOO happy with how it turned out!  If you have a Cricut or any other die cut machine you can make this pretty easy.  I just cut the letters and heart shape out of some vinyl, stuck them onto the canvas and painted over the top of it.  When you pull the vinyl off you are left with the white lettering underneath

valentine sign love vinyl(the letters are different colors because that was all the vinyl I had)

love sign vinyl removalAfter I had removed the vinyl then I used the flowers from a silk hydrangea and hot glued them inside the shape of the heart.  It turned out super cute and was really easy!

valentine hydrangealove sign 1love signThe letters didn’t come out perfectly but I actually like that.  Makes it look a little more crafty 😉  Isn’t this so cute!????



The Cutest Valentine Boxes that Kids will Love

Valentine’s Day is approaching us quickly and that means your kids will have to decorate a Valentine box for their classroom! Here are my favorite ideas to make that girls (and boys!) will love to bring to school. Click on the links below to get more photos and directions on how to make them. Check out Valentine Box Ideas for BOYS too!








Candy Cane Name Holders

What a great looking (and cheap!) idea for decorating your table for dinner this holiday season. The only supplies you need to make these festive candy cane name holders are candy canes (in color of your choice), a hot glue gun, some pretty ribbon and name cards with your guests names printed on them. Glue three candy canes upside down to create an easel and place your name card to be displayed. Yes, it really is that easy! Now, get to finalizing your guest list so you can print your name cards and get started… 🙂

Wine Glass Pumpkin Candle Holders

OK, so this is really a simple project if you don’t care that yours look NOTHING like the one’s you see on Pinterst hahaha. If you do, Stop reading now and good freaking luck. OK, I took three wine glasses, two for red wine because they’re rounder like an actual pumpkin and one glass for white wine. All I did was  paint the bottom half orange and then  paint the stem green as so. I let it dry and then did another coat of each. For some reason the paint doesn’t go on evenly on the glass so it actually looks like it has some shading and depth to it when it dries. Pretty cool cause you don’t have to go in with lighter and darker colors to create that effect (affect ?? )
Next, I just waited for the second coat to dry and then took a beige paint I already had in my art box and painted stripes vertically down the base with a very thin paint brush. I know, I know, it looks pretty crappy here when it’s wet but I promise it does actually look like a pumpkin when it’s all said and done with.
Lastly,  it was time to try and decorate the stem like the pic of the original.  I, however, refuse to spend any money on this project  because 1.) I thought it was going to be a bust when I compared my pumpkin wine glass to the Pinterest one and 2.) Have you been to Michael’s lately? A little strand of those leaves costs like $5 bucks!! Forget that. I had some of this stuff that’s like what a basket is made of (no freaking idea what the hell this stuff is) leftover from – again- another project. So I thought that might work (remember I was HATING my pumpkin painting skills at this time). I also, for some random reason, had picked up some tea lights while I was at the Dollar Tree one day so I didn’t have to go out and buy those either.. Double Score!
I took three strands of the twine, bunched it together and then tied it in a bow around the stem of the wine glass. I then turned the wine glasses upside down and put a tea light on the base of the wine glass. I lit them Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd Here’s the big reveal!!

Not to bad right? I mean for something that took me maybe 10 minutes to complete they look pretty damn good. My real estate agent actually saw these on my book shelf and fell in love with them. She wanted to know where I bought them LOL! So, if you’ve pinned this and are thinking I can’t paint like that.. Well, now you don’t have that excuse because I can’t paint like that either and mine came out OK.
If you didn’t have any of these items at your house and wanted to make these here’s what it’d cost you. (you can get most of it at Dollar Tree)
Dollar Tree wine glasses about $3.25 for all three
Dollar Tree Twine or ribbon for the stem $1.09
Paint $1.25 for two at Walmart or Michaels… so a little over $5 bucks total!

Mini Pumpkin Pies and Table Arrangment

Mini Pumpkin Pies are portion control bites~

Quick & Easy to make with a package of refrigerated pie crusts!

You need a 4-inch round cookie cutter (or bowl as a template) and a muffin tin. One box of 2 pie crusts gives you enough dough for 12 mini pies with pastry leaves (rerolling the scraps).

 My fall piecrust cutters came from Williams-Sonoma, I have a couple of different sets.

Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray then place your circles of dough in and fill to the top with your pie filling.

I used the recipe on the back of the can~ the same recipe you can find on the back of McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice, adjusting the baking time for mini pies.

(I substituted Pumpkin Pie spice for the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves).


1 package refrigerated pie crusts

1 can (15 oz) pumpkin

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

2 eggs

1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

 Preheat oven to 425°F.

Mix pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl until smooth. Pour into pastry lined muffin cups to the top. Top with a pastry leaf if desired.

Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 20 – 25 minutes longer or until knife inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool 30 minutes in pan and remove to wire rack to cool for another  hour for pumpkin filling to set completely.

I did have a little more filling than would fill the 12 muffin cups, so I baked the remaining filling in a ramekin and topped with a few pastry leaves.

These mini pies are fun to serve for Thanksgiving

with an assortment of desserts~

You don’t need a fluted edge cookie cutter for these mini pies~ round will do, but I have a graduated set of fluted cutters I got from World Market a couple of years ago.

You can find a similar set from World Market,

here, that’s better since they’re reversible!

 Confession time:

 I bought this canned pumpkin

 for the label rather

 than for its organic properties 🙂

Since I loved the label on the can,

I used it as vase rather

than tossing it in the recycling bin~

I used floral picks to support

the munchkin pumpkins~

The pumpkins in the can

help support the flowers~

I added some sunflowers from the grocery store, clipped some shrubs and mums from pots and added some leaves~